Research Interests

​I am interested in how changes in the environment – both natural and anthropogenic – influence the equilibrium in the coral holobiont. To understand how each of the host-symbiont compartments is affected along environmental gradients and to untangle their interactions, I am combining physiological and genomic tools in situ and using experimental approaches.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Institute for Molecular Biosciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, 2014
  • M.Sc., Institute for Animal Ecology and Cell Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, 2009
  • B.Sc.,  Marine Ecology and Fisheries Biology, James Cook University & Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Australia, 2007

Professional Profile

  • ​2014-present: Post-doctoral fellow, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2014:  Research Assistant,  Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2009-2011: Marine Scientist, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2007-2009: Scientific Assistant, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS)
  • Mideast Coral Reef Society (MCRS)


  • Ph.D. Scholarship – Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum,2013
  • Overseas Scholarship for Research – German Academic Exchange Service,2012
  • Travel Award - Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography,2012
  • Academic Year Scholarship – Rotary International Foundation,2006
  • Student Fellowship - German National Academic Foundation,2005-2009

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences & Engineering (BESE)